Profile America: National Static Electricity Day

Credit: National Day Calendar

Tuesday, January 9th. If you feel a special, hair-raising electricity in the air today, well that’s no wonder — it’s National Static Electricity Day.

Static electricity is the result of an imbalance between negative and positive charges in an object. These charges build up on the surface until they are discharged. This commonly happens when you shuffle about when the humidity is very low and then touch a conductor, such as a door handle or your pet’s wet nose. Static electricity has uses in air purifiers, photocopiers and bonding in the painting of automobiles, as well as sticking party balloons onto walls and ceilings.

Generating and distributing more practical electricity is a $430 billion a year business for over 10,600 electric power establishments nationwide.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online here.

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